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Elk City News: Time for an Elk City Days history lesson

Contributed photo / Idaho Gold Fields Historical Society, Elk City, Idaho
The photo above shows the horse race on Elk City’s Main Street in 1917.


Contributed photo / Idaho Gold Fields Historical Society, Elk City, Idaho The photo above shows the horse race on Elk City’s Main Street in 1917.



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Jamie Edmondson Elk City 842-2452 elkcitynews@yahoo.com

— Now that things have calmed down after Elk City Days, thought I’d share with you one of my favorite historic photos of an “Elk City” 4th of July Celebration - the forerunner of Elk City Days. In fact, for those of you who don’t remember or never knew, Elk City Days used to be on July 4th. It was changed sometime in the late 1980s, early 1990s. There used to be horse events along with all the other activities. Anyway, the photo shows they used to race horses down Main Street. The photo shows the event in 1917. Looked kinda exciting.

The July 10, 1930, issue of the Free Press says of Elk City Days, “The big fourth of July celebration was a success. There was a big crowd and a beautiful day.” It goes on to tell of some of the families that were in town that day: Mr. and Mrs. Earl McConnell, Mr. and Mrs. Saunders and family, the Harsh family, the Gibler family, the Nitz family, T. York, Wallace and Elmer, the Reld family, the Pritchard family, Elmer Allison, the Devert brothers, Mrs. Moses and daughter Eleanor.

Meetings: VFW on the 8th; Elk City Area Alliance on the 12th at the Forest Service meeting room at 7 p.m.

Birthday: Debbie Rendleman.



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